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Eforall Berkshire County Announces Spring Accelerator Cohort
08:14AM / Tuesday, February 16, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Berkshire County announced the 13 business ideas chosen to participate in the Spring 2021 Business Accelerator program.   The program begins the week of February 22 and will be held completely virtually.   "I continue to be amazed by the ideas, energy and passion each entrepreneur brings to the table when applying to the Accelerator Program," Jay Anderson, president of the Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation (PERC) and a member of the EforAll Berkshire Leadership Advisory Committee said. "It takes a lot of courage to start a business. The confidence, clarity and connections that EforAll provides


Snow, Freezing Rain Forecast for the Berkshires
07:26PM / Sunday, February 14, 2021
The region could get anywhere from 3 to 7 inches of precipitation over the next day or two that could come down as snow or sleet.    A winter storm watch has been called for Monday through Tuesday afternoon throughout the Berkshires, eastern New York and Southern Vermont.    There is the expectation of slippery road conditions overnight Monday and into Tuesday. Monday is Presidents Day and local schools are winter break for the week.    The potential for freezing rain could cause downed lines and trees.    Snowfall is not predicted to be heavy at this point with Pittsfield and points south forecast for 2 to 3 inches and North Berkshire about 4 to 6.


Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

MCLA Green Living Seminar: Social Marketing & Demand for Fuel Efficiency
08:16AM / Sunday, February 14, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Lisa Watson, associate dean of research and graduate programs and associate professor of marketing at the University of Regina, will give a talk titled "Consumer Demand for Fuel Efficient Vehicles and the Role of Social Marketing" as part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar Series at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021.    Green Living Seminar Series webinars are free and open to the public; community members can register for each lecture at All seminars take place weekly on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. through April 14.    Watson researches in the areas of consumer entitlement, sustainable decision-making, and


Music Academy Opens Online Courses With Expanded Programming
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:28AM / Sunday, February 14, 2021
ADAMS, Mass. — COVID-19 won't mute the Berkshires Academy for Advanced Musical Studies as the music school recently announced expanded virtual offerings.   Executive Director Richard Boulger has not missed a beat throughout the novel coronavirus lockdown and was happy to say "eBAAMs" enrollment is open.   "We are committed to offering free access to eBAAMS ... we can work with children from anywhere," Boulger said. "I am thrilled to be back in the Berkshires after living in New York for 20-plus years and am very proud to bring with me a world-class music faculty to help Berkshire County kids."   The music academy was announced in 2019


North Adams Public Library in Need of Youth Services Librarian
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:51PM / Saturday, February 13, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Public Library is in need of a youth services librarian now that Sara Russell-Scholl has left for the Berkshire Athenaeum.   Library Director Sarah Sanfilippo told the trustees on Wednesday that she has received applications for the open position.   "We posted the job shortly after she left, and we received a whole bunch of resumes," Sanfilippo said. "We are working through those and figuring out who we want to interview."   Russell-Scholl left her post in late January after seven years at the North Adams library, the first three as youth services assistant. She took a similar position at the

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@theMarket: Financial Froth Infects Markets
By Bill Schmick,
06:24PM / Friday, February 12, 2021
One sure sign that stocks are getting overdone, is the actions of overconfident investors that bid up stocks in a euphoric frenzy, only to dump them at the first sign of trouble. These behavior patterns normally usher in a corrective stage in the stock market, but exactly when that will occur is anyone's guess.   Investopia's definition of froth "refers to a market condition where an asset's price begins to increase beyond its intrinsic value." Wall Street's "Reefer Madness" event this week is just such an example. Certain stocks in the Cannabis sector saw their share prices double and then triple in a matter of days. Penny pot stocks with little to


SVHC Named One of Vermontís Best Places to Work
03:17PM / Friday, February 12, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) has been named one of the 2021's Best Places to Work for the seventh year in a row.    SVHC received the honor for the first time in 2015. It remains the only hospital in the state of Vermont to be recognized by the awards program.    "Our employees know that great challenges combined with responsiveness and sustained effort result in tremendous satisfaction," said Thomas A. Dee, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of SVHC. "Serving our community on the frontline of the pandemic throughout the last year has been difficult but also deeply meaningful to us all. I am so proud of our


Berkshire Arts Association To Host Virtual Real Art Party
12:39PM / Friday, February 12, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Artists from the Berkshires and beyond are contributing 10x10 inch original works of art to be given away for $25 each during the virtual 10x10 RAParty (Real Art Party) on Thursday, Feb. 18.   The art show and party will benefit Berkshire County students through BAA Fellowship scholarships, field trips to Berkshire educational art departments, free admission for students to the Berkshire Museum, art supplies for students, teachers, and more.    "It's always a fun community event that brings out the best of our local artists as well as some friendly competition from the crowd," said BAA President Mary Beth Eldridge.   A $25 ARTtix


EforAll Berkshire County and R3SET Studios Offering Digital Business Survival Course
08:21AM / Friday, February 12, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Berkshire County is collaborating with R3SET Studios to run a free online intensive program to help small businesses improve their online marketing.      This five-week Digital Business Survival Course is based on a successful pilot program run by these same partners in June 2020.     Funded by the Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation (PERC), Mass Growth Capital Corporation and Google, the program will be offered at no charge to participants and will include both "lectures," and intensive work in small groups led by Digital Specialists, experts in web marketing.   Successful


North Adams Firefighters Battle Blaze, Nonworking Hydrants
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:46AM / Friday, February 12, 2021

The hydrant across the street was nonfunctional and a second one at the bottom of Veazie had 'disappeared' forcing firefighters to run hundreds of feet of hose trying to find working hydrants.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Nonfunctioning fire hydrants again hampered efforts to douse a raging fire in a two-family home on Veazie Street on Friday morning.    "This is not acceptable. We have to do something with this," Fire Chief Stephen Meranti said later in the morning as what was left of the two-story building was demolished. "Too many years of  lack of maintenance led to this point, we have to do something now."   The first


The Retired Investor: Gambling, the Vice We Love
By Bill Schmick,
04:04PM / Thursday, February 11, 2021
The pandemic has altered the behavior patterns of many Americans. It has also forced states to re-examine their thinking in several areas, especially in taxation and spending. One of the biggest winners in this process appears to be gambling.   Clearly, with most of the nation's leisure activities shut down, more and more Americans are looking for something to occupy their time. At the same time, thanks to massive losses in tax revenues, states are scrambling for ways to make ends meet. Sports and other forms of online gambling are an easy answer to shoring up state budgets, while satisfying the consumer's demand for more action in this burgeoning leisure market.   The


Letter: Poor Journalism in Reporting Sullivan School Issue
Letter to the Editor,
03:00PM / Thursday, February 11, 2021

To the Editor:

Wow! Tammy Daniels in her iBerkshires "article" completely fabricated a quote by cherry picking points I made and then attributed her confabulation to me. A non-quote that shows a fantastic misunderstanding and twisting of what I said and puts me in a bad light. Journalism at its worst. You can quote me on that.

Reconcile what she wrote with what I actually said:

Six Issues

1. Affordable/low income housing: It would be too easy to make this a story of NIMBY, of a neighborhood opposed to low income housing.

Bigger picture: we oppose any additional low income housing anyplace in North Adams.

The LAST thing North Adams needs is more affordable housing. Yes, low


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